May 07 by rebecca

New studies reiterate texting while driving is unsafe

Recently released studies have confirmed what we already know, but too often ignore: texting and driving is not a safe combination. Even though you’re 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if you’re operating your cell phone while driving, many motorists still try to sneak out a text or two while…

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Sep 21 by jason

Bridgestone’s ‘Teens Drive Smart’ campaign is stopping in Alameda this weekend

This weekend, Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” campaign will be at the Alameda Point Naval Air Station on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd. The free half-day program is designed to help teens and young adults recognize the potential dangers of driving as well as develop the skills needed to cope with those challenges. Sessions…

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May 21 by jason

New studies reveal cell phone use while driving is on the rise

According to an observational survey recently released by The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the number of drivers using cell phones while in transit jumped from 7.3 percent in 2011 to 10.8 percent this year. When it comes to drivers between the ages of 16 and 25, the increase was even more noteworthy, with…

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May 16 by jason

Driving simulator cautions teens about the dangers of texting and driving

Despite nearly all teen drivers saying they think it’s dangerous to text and drive, 43 percent continue to do it anyway. So, in an attempt to show teens the possible ramifications of engaging in such a dangerous behavior, AT&T is touring the country with a driving simulator designed to demonstrate the risks of texting and…

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Apr 10 by jason

Colorado high school students compete to promote seat belt usage

A handful of Colorado high schools are competing against each other in an effort to see who can have the biggest impact on boosting seat belt usage. The inter-school showdown is part of the Teen Seat Belt Challenge, an eight-week student led campaign designed to educate drivers about the importance of buckling up. According to…

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Apr 04 by rebecca

30% of teen drivers involved in car accidents suffer some type of head injury

Researchers from State Farm and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia studied injury data from over 55,000 teenage drivers and their passengers who had been in car accidents and discovered that 30% of them had received some sort of head injury as a result of the accident. The analysis recommends an emphasis on graduated driving laws…

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Mar 28 by jason

Teenage girls twice as likely as teen boys to engage in distracted driving

A new study released earlier this week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that teenage girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. The study used in-car video footage and was designed specifically to monitor distracted driving among teens, with AAA Foundation President…

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Feb 28 by jason

Distracted Driving: Not Just a Teen Problem

Modern life is increasingly full of diversions, and some have even crept into the drivers’ seat—phone calls, text messages, on-board video displays, fast food—all can cause accidents by distracting drivers. While teenagers, new to both driving and cell phones, are often targeted as the primary perpetrators of distracted driving, the problem has long since expanded…

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Feb 13 by jason

New SecuraFone app looks to reduce distracted driving among teens

Over the past week there has been significant press surrounding SecuraFone, a new distracted driving app designed to deny users access to their email or text messaging if the phone is moving at over 15 miles per hour. The application, created by SecuraTrac, is currently being marketed to parents as a means of both reducing…

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Feb 06 by jason

How much do parents influence their teen driver’s safety?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, states that have adopted Graduated Drivers Licensing programs (GDL) have seen accident rates drop anywhere from 10 to 30 percent among teenage drivers. The GDL restrictions vary from state to state, but typically include passenger limits for new drivers as well as curfew hours in which the…

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